THRIVE: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your day!


Busy calendar? Is it because you have to be or because you let it be? Is it with the right people at the right time on the right topics? Invite God into your scheduling and allow Him to add/remove things from it based on His plans and purpose for your day! Invite the Holy Spirit to grant you wisdom and discernment about what meetings need to happen and which don’t. Invite the Holy Spirit into each meeting to give you the thoughts, the words, and the actions necessary to accomplish God’s will and for Him to receive the glory! Allow new things to be added when the Holy Spirit prompts. Allow existing things to be moved around when the Holy Spirit prompts. Focus on the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish today!

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to fill up your heart with love, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to heal and restore your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you guard your heart knowing that everything you do flows from it?

From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks

So who is in control of your day? Are you rejecting God’s wisdom and discernment or accepting it? Are you rejecting God’s purposes and plans for your day or accepting them? Are you rejecting God’s prompting or accepting it? Are you trying to go it alone or are you willing to go it with God and with others? Let’s choose to go through today with God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through it so that we can accomplish God’s will for His glory!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ‘

Proverbs 4:23

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 20


Are you ready to talk with God in a direct way? Are you ready to avoid the fluffy stuff and start with straight-talking? Are you ready to speak with and listen to the Holy Spirit to help you get through today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow Him to create a new heart in you and for you to be born again, becoming a new creation where the old stuff that was holding you back is gone and the new stuff that will help you finish the race called life strong!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE – Let’s check our hearts to make sure they are ready and right.


It’s the end of the workweek and it has hit me that I need to look inside. The words I have spoken are like lights on the dash of my car, warning me to check under the hood. The responses that I have had are making those lights blink, warning check your heart. There is a lot of change going on and I need to be in the right state of mind and heart to be able to receive it and respond properly. With so much loss of control, it seems that is what is triggering it. Be it at home with kids growing up and having their own lives. Be it at work with organizational changes and uncertainty around what will happen. Be it conversations with others that create questions or concerns. And yet today, it comes down to stopping and checking under the hood.

I first remember a business person’s lunch where our guest speaker Brad spoke to us about a checkup from the neck up about right thinking. I next grab hold of today’s verse of the day speaking about how what’s in our heart will come out of our mouth. We need to inspect our hearts when we are seeing the lights on the dash turning on because those things coming out of our mouths are rooted in our hearts.

So let’s turn to God and ask Him to help us find and clean out our hearts. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment about what needs to be taken out of our hearts. Let’s ask God to create a clean heart in us. Let’s realize what we have done turn back with a spirit of repentance and ask for forgiveness.

So let’s make the right decisions today to help us go from surviving to thriving!


Today’s verse of the day comes from Luke 6:45

‘A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ‘

Luke 6:45

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 5


How about you? What is the state of your heart? What is the state of your mind? How is life showing you what’s going on there? Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving? Are you ready to look to clean things up and get things fixed up? Then let’s ask Jesus in and ask Him for help in cleaning things up. Let’s ask Him to step in and help get things fixed up so that from the overflow of our hearts the right things will come out of our mouths. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and allow Him to lead and guide us as our Lord and Savior.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

What does a background check get you? What else would they find if they searched your heart?


Ever had to get a background check? When you volunteer? When you want to join or become something? When you want to serve kids? When you want to serve teens? When you want to mentor? When you want a job? When you want to become a citizen?

Ever noticed the different levels of background checks? Ever noticed the different types of background checks? You give them information and then they go searching. You give them information and fingerprints and then they go searching. Imagine if someone was doing your background check and they used all of these types:

  • Criminal History Check
  • Prior Employment Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Reference Check
  • Drug Screening
  • Sexual Offender Registry Check
  • Credit Background Check
  • Social Media & Internet Check
  • Driving Record
  • Professional License & Certificate Confirmation
  • Social Security Number Trace

But would they be able to find out about what is going on in your heart and mind? If someone were to try and do a check of your heart and mind would any red flags come up that would need to get addressed or that would potentially disqualify you? In general people are searching for external evidence but God searches the heart.

  • ‘But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ‘
    1 Samuel 16:7
  • ‘For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” ‘
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9
  • ‘Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart. ‘
    Psalms 37:4
  • ‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. ‘
    Psalms 51:10
  • ‘Test me, Lord , and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. ‘
    Psalms 26:2-3
  • ‘You have searched me, Lord , and you know me. ‘
    Psalms 139:1
  • ‘Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. ‘
    Psalms 139:23
  • ‘See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.’
    Psalms 139:24
  • ‘“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” ‘
    Jeremiah 17:10

So have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you invited Him into your heart to help get things fixed up and cleaned up and then to help with the regular maintenance work? Do you realize that when God helps you to clean up your heart that it doesn’t leave a background or stains? Are you ready to allow God to create a new, clean heart in you? Are you ready to give your broken heart over to God so that He can put it back together and give you a new clean heart?


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 14TH


He Searches Hearts


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.’

Romans 8:27

Let’s dig in a bit to get the context of what is being said and then look for additional details through the Amplified version.

‘For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us! For [even the whole] creation [all nature] waits eagerly for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration and futility, not willingly [because of some intentional fault on its part], but by the will of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will also be freed from its bondage to decay [and gain entrance] into the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been moaning together as in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only this, but we too, who have the first fruits of the Spirit [a joyful indication of the blessings to come], even we groan inwardly, as we wait eagerly for [the sign of] our adoption as sons—the redemption and transformation of our body [at the resurrection]. For in this hope we were saved [by faith]. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure.

In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groanings too deep for words. And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers. And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]; and those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity]. What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? He who did not spare [even] His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect (His chosen ones)? It is God who justifies us [declaring us blameless and putting us in a right relationship with Himself]. Who is the one who condemns us? Christ Jesus is the One who died [to pay our penalty], and more than that, who was raised [from the dead], and who is at the right hand of God interceding [with the Father] for us. Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written and forever remains written, “For Your sake we are put to death all day long; We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter .” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

Romans 8:18-39

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Remember how yesterday how the Holy Spirit can pray for us even when we don’t have the words to speak? Ever been at a loss for words?
  • As we looked into the expanded details of today’s verse we find that God has even more encouragement as it relates to our heart. The Holy Spirit is able to pray in alignment with God’s will with the complete and total knowledge of every detail of our lives, even the deepest and darkest parts of our heart.
  • God is omniscient and knows everything.
  • God knows us better than we know ourselves and has great plans for us so that we can have a hope and a future. Are you ready to receive and accept that?
  • The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit are one. So they are in constant and complete agreement.
  • So when the Holy Spirit prays it is in alignment to God’s perfect will and plan for us.
  • Do you understand God’s will for you life? Do you like to think you understand God’s will for the life of others too?
  • God’s spelled out many aspects of God’s divine direction in His Word.
  • Even so there are many times (probably even more than we’d like to admit) where our desires and God’s will may not be in alignment and could get in the way of God’s will for us to have life and life to the full or more abundantly.
  • So let’s not get trapped by the ways of the world and the desires of the world but instead look to God to help us live our lives to the full and in all the abundance He desires for us.
  • Sure we look to have fun, excitement, happiness, and wealth but would that be enough? Look around and see all the people who seem to have it all and yet don’t have God in their lives and end up getting into trouble or traps of the devil.
  • So instead of going after material things, let’s turn to God and pursue His perfect plan for our life.
  • Let’s lean and trust in Him rather than our own understanding!
  • Let’s lean on Him when things get tough so that we can take heart and even consider pure joy.
  • Let’s turn to God to get wisdom and discernment for our situation.
  • Let’s cry out to God to get wisdom and discernment for our situation.
  • Let’s be bold and courageous when we step out to do what God is calling us to do in faith and knowing we are walking under the protection of His wings.
  • Let’s not allow a difficult or confusing situation rob us!
  • Let’s decide to invite God into our situation to be able to give us wisdom and discernment in the midst of the difficulties and confusion.
  • Let’s receive that wisdom and discernment so that whether God takes us out of the situation, walks us through the situation, or takes us around the situation His perfect will be done.
  • Let’s receive that wisdom and discernment so that we come out the other side with a valuable lesson.
  • Let’s grab a hold of how when the Holy Spirit prays for us He is praying at this higher, deeper level so that we can have richer lessons in this life we live.
  • Let’s decide today to pray in alignment to the Holy Spirit and God’s will for our life.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some ways we might confuse our wants with God’s will?
  • Does it comfort you or disturb you that the Father searches your heart? Explain your answer.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God always answers our prayers according to our good and His glory.”

— Ike Reighard

As we move into December we have finished the readings of the Tanakh and I thank Sefaria for their resources in helping me to see the Old Testament in a new way and my friend Lionel for having shared this tool with me. As we kick off December the idea my wife brought up came to mind about going through the book of Luke (who was a doctor) which happens to have 24 chapters which means we can read one a day and complete it in time for Christmas. To get as many details from this I am going to use the Amplified version to try and grasp all the details Luke gives us to consider and learn.

So today we will read Luke 14:

‘It happened one Sabbath, when He went for a meal at the house of one of the ruling Pharisees, that they were watching Him closely and carefully [hoping to entrap Him]. And there in front of Him was a man who had dropsy (extreme swelling). And Jesus asked the lawyers and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they kept silent. Then He took hold of the man and healed him, and sent him on his way. Then He said to them, “Which one of you, having a son or an ox that falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they were unable to reply to this.

Now Jesus began telling a parable to the invited guests when He noticed how they had been selecting the places of honor at the table, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down [to eat] at the place of honor, since a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by the host, and he who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place,’ and then, in disgrace you proceed to take the last place. But when you are invited, go and sit down [to eat] at the last place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; and then you will be honored in the presence of all who are at the table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled [before others], and he who habitually humbles himself (keeps a realistic self-view) will be exalted.” Jesus also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or wealthy neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a banquet or a reception, invite the poor, the disabled, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (the just, the upright).” When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

But Jesus said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many guests; and at the dinner hour he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have purchased a piece of land and I have to go out and see it; please consider me excused.’ Another one said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have [recently] married a wife, and for that reason I am unable to come.’ So the servant came back and reported this to his master. Then [his master,] the head of the household, became angry [at the rejections of his invitation] and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and the lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and the disabled and the blind and the lame.’ And the servant [after returning] said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ Then the master told the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled [with guests]. For I tell you, not one of those who were invited [and declined] will taste my dinner.’ ”

Now large crowds were going along with Jesus; and He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God]— he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a watchtower [for his guards], does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is unable to finish [the building], all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one who is coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else [if he feels he is not powerful enough], while the other [king] is still a far distance away, he sends an envoy and asks for terms of peace. So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not [carefully consider the cost and then for My sake] give up all his own possessions. “Therefore, salt is good; but if salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear and heed My words.”’

Luke 14:1-35

So where are you today? Are you in need of heart healing? Are you in need of a heart repair? Are you in need of a heart cleaning? Are you in need of a heart recreation? Are you in need of a heart resurrection? Are you in need of a heart transfer? Are you in need of a heart creation? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and your life to make it a reality? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What’s the state of your heart today?


After yesterday, a day to focus on thankfulness, what is the state of your heart? After yesterday, a day to draw people together, what is the state of your heart? After yesterday, a day to give thanks to God, what is the state of your heart? What did you do yesterday? What are you thankful for? Who matters to you? Will you choose to give God the praise, the honor, and the glory because of your thankfulness?

Time together. Time with everyone home. Time to relax. We watched a movie together – God’s Not Dead – We The People. It is powerful when people from across the country can stand united. It is powerful when people can come together in unity of purpose. It is powerful when people can come together in unity to stand up for and practice love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things, there is no law. The kids played Wii together. The family had an incredible dinner together, prepared by my incredible wife. I am so thankful for such an incredible woman in my life as my wife and the mother of our children. I thank God so much for the incredible wife He has provided me and the inheritance, the gift, the blessing to us both of our incredible kids. I am thankful to get extra time to think about this incredible blessing and thank God for it all.

As I turn from looking back to looking forward, I see Christmas ahead of us. As I think of the season, I reflect on that invitation that came in the mail to our house that brought us to our church home for the first time and how God met us there, saved us, and then put us on track for the plans and the purpose He had for our lives through what felt to be an accelerated program or as I like to call it my “jetpack journey” to get us back on track for where we should have been. As I look forward filled with the thankful heart, I am praying to many other lives will be touched and transformed with the reality of and a relationship with Jesus.

So… what about you? What is the state of your heart? Have you invited Jesus into it yet? Have you experienced the transformational power of starting such a relationship and journey? Might you be ready to start one today?


The One Year Daily Insights 
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 26th


Integrity


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds; From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.’

Psalms 78:70-72

Do you realize how much God loves us? Do you realize that He has been trying to pour out His love for so long and yet people have continued to rebel? Do you realize that He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to make a way when there didn’t seem to be away, to pay a price we could never have paid ourselves, and to offer it to us without a fee? Do you realize all we have to do is accept it, receive it, embrace it? We have free will and so we each get to choose. We have free will and so we each get to decide. Are you tired of looking for love in all the wrong places, of trying to fill that hole with so many things that don’t fit and never fill? Are you ready to receive the gift of love and grace that you have been seeking and searching for? Could today be your day? If we expand on today’s verse we can see God’s love and people’s rebellion. Let’s check it out and use the Amplified version to get as much context and details as we can.

‘Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord , And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children, That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments; And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God. The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, Turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God; They refused to walk in His law, And forgot His works And His wonders that He had shown them. Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea and caused them to pass through; And He made the waters stand up like a heap. In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire. He split the rocks in the wilderness, And gave them drink in abundance like the depths. He also brought streams out of the rock, And caused waters to run down like rivers. But they sinned even more against Him By rebelling against the Most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart By asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: They said, “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?” Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious; So a fire was kindled against Jacob, And anger also came up against Israel, Because they did not believe in God, And did not trust in His salvation. Yet He had commanded the clouds above, And opened the doors of heaven, Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full. He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; And by His power He brought in the south wind. He also rained meat on them like the dust, Feathered fowl like the sand of the seas; And He let them fall in the midst of their camp, All around their dwellings. So they ate and were well filled, For He gave them their own desire. They were not deprived of their craving; But while their food was still in their mouths, The wrath of God came against them, And slew the stoutest of them, And struck down the choice men of Israel. In spite of this they still sinned, And did not believe in His wondrous works. Therefore their days He consumed in futility, And their years in fear. When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer. Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, And they lied to Him with their tongue; For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again. How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy, When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan; Turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, that they could not drink. He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, And frogs, which destroyed them. He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, And their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycamore trees with frost. He also gave up their cattle to the hail, And their flocks to fiery lightning. He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction among them. He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the plague, And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, The first of their strength in the tents of Ham. But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And He brought them to His holy border, This mountain which His right hand had acquired. He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies, But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers; They were turned aside like a deceitful bow. For they provoked Him to anger with their high places, And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images. When God heard this, He was furious, And greatly abhorred Israel, So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, The tent He had placed among men, And delivered His strength into captivity, And His glory into the enemy’s hand. He also gave His people over to the sword, And was furious with His inheritance. The fire consumed their young men, And their maidens were not given in marriage. Their priests fell by the sword, And their widows made no lamentation. Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, Like a mighty man who shouts because of wine. And He beat back His enemies; He put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover He rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved. And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has established forever. He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds; From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.

Psalms 78:1-72

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever heard of David and how great of a leader he was?
  • Ever heard about his bravery and how it inspired others?
  • Ever heard about his strategies for battle?
  • Ever heard about his healing of the two nations into one with diplomatic skills?
  • Ever heard about how these skills and talents being developed in his younger years as a shepherd boy?
  • Imagine being a shepherd boy, protecting the flock and wondering if you would ever amount to anything.
  • David kept his focus on his task at hand, leading the sheep to better pastures and fresh water.
  • David kept his focus on his task at hand, protecting the sheep by killing a lion and a bear that attacked them.
  • David spent his time thinking, praying, reflection, and developed literary skills as he wrote letters to God, that we get to experience through psalms.
  • It prepared David for the time when he had to rescue Israel from Goliath and the Philistines because his heart was strong and his hands were trained for battle.
  • He was ready!
  • No Quit! Don’t give up! Don’t give in!
  • Even if you felt like you are living in obscurity, don’t give up!
  • Even if you fell abandoned by friends, don’t give up!
  • No matter what, no quit!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to stay in the game!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to sharpen your skills!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to strenthen your heart!
  • Grab hold of David’s example of how to be ready when the time comes!
  • Let’s be ready!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe times in your life when you felt passed by. How did you respond?
  • What are some things you can do to sharpen your skills and strengthen your heart?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What are you thankful for? Are you ready to invite God in so that you don’t have to go through life alone? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Are you still trying to fill that hole in your heart?


Have you tried to fill that need, that desire, that hole with things? Buying more and more in hopes of filling it up and not feeling an emptiness? Have you tried to fill that need, that desire, that hole with relationships? Doing or saying or testing or experimenting more and more in hopes of filling it up and not feeling an emptiness? Have you tried to fill that need, that desire, that hole with drugs or alcohol? Have you tried to dampen or wipe out that empty feeling by taking things that disrupt memories, emotions, pain, and ability to learn or discern or perceive? How are you being tempted to try and fill the hole or void? What temptations are coming your way to trick you into thinking they can fill that hole or void? Are you still looking for that missing piece? Do you realize you were built with a piece missing that can only be filled by having a relationship with God?

Might you consider taking hold of what John 10:10 says?

‘The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. ‘

John 10:10

Might you reflect or consider these verses from Romans 5?

‘Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to all people [no one being able to stop it or escape its power], because they all sinned.

For just as through one man’s disobedience [his failure to hear, his carelessness] the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of the one Man the many will be made righteous and acceptable to God and brought into right standing with Him. ‘

Romans 5:12,19

Do you realize that there are experiences and events in your life that can cause holes? Do you realize what the right response or way to fill those holes are? As I was searching around, I found this interesting post that has a table that shows and points to both the hole, the lack, or the wound as well as the vitamin or response to deal with or take care of it. I will share the table but for more insights and details check out the article.

Lack or woundVitamin
Avoiding harmsWeakness, helplessnessStrength. efficacy
 Alarm, anxietySafety, security
 Resentment, angerCompassion for oneself and others
Approaching RewardsFrustration, disappointmentSatisfaction, fulfillment
 Sadness, discontentment, “blues”Gladness, gratitude
Attaching to “Us”Not seen, rejected, left outAttunement, inclusion
 Inadequacy, shameRecognition, acknowledgement
 Abandonment, feeling unlovedFriendship, love

So where are you at today? What hole are you trying to fill? Is it the God shaped hole that requires starting a relationship with God? Is it a hole caused by loss or injury? Are you ready and willing to invite God into your life to help you navigate it? Are you ready and willing to invite God into your life and allow Him to bring healing and restoration to your heart? Could today be your day?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 19th


Eternity In Their Hearts


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.’

Ecclesiastes 3:11

Let’s look for additional context from Solomon using the Amplified version and some verses from around it.

‘What profit is there for the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the task which God has given to the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live; and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for God does it so that men will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is God]. That which is has already been, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by [so that history repeats itself]. Moreover, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness, and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness. I said to myself, “God will judge both the righteous and the wicked,” for there is a time [appointed] for every matter and for every deed. I said to myself regarding the sons of men, “God is surely testing them in order for them to see that [by themselves, without God] they are [only] animals.” For the [earthly] fate of the sons of men and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no preeminence or advantage for man [in and of himself] over an animal, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust. Who knows if the spirit of man ascends upward and the spirit of the animal descends downward to the earth? So I have seen that there is nothing better than that a man should be happy in his own works and activities, for that is his portion (share). For who will bring him [back] to see what will happen after he is gone?’

Ecclesiastes 3:9-22

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you have a sense that life is more than what you can see?
  • Do you have a feeling that there is more to life than this?
  • Do you have a sense that life is more than our senses of sight, taste, touch, sound, and smell?
  • Do you feel there is something more, something bigger than what we are able to perceive?
  • Do you ever try to label it?
  • Do you ever try to name it?
  • Do you realize the reality of God is more than you could ever imagine or think?
  • What are you sure of? Where is your certainty?
  • What aren’t you sure of? What do you find mystery in?
  • Ever considered the definition of faith?
    • ‘Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. ‘
      Hebrews 11:1
  • Do you ever find yourself in awe or surprised what God does, even though you know He can do it?
  • So you know He can and then when He does it amazes you. This is the two facts of life working together to help us continue to look at God’s goodness and greatness with a sense of awe and amazement. Certainty vs Mystery!
  • Take a look around as the seasons change and it screams to God’s existence!
  • Grab hold of the reality that history tells us that He became a man and died for our sins over 2000 years ago!
  • Let’s grab hold of these certainties!
  • Let’s stick close to God as we live out our lives as we have each been created on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose and as such we get to live out the mystery of life!
  • Let’s remember that His ways are not our ways but rather they are higher and better than our ways!
    • ‘“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord . ‘
      Isaiah 55:8
  • So let’s stand on the rock that is immovable that is Jesus Christ!
  • Let’s enjoy the journey of life with its mysteries!
  • Let’s live out our lives with intrigue!
  • Let’s realize the beauty of life through these mysteries and intrigue!
  • Let’s look for the beauty in its season!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you feel more comfortable with certainty or with mystery?
  • What are some reasons you need the other trait in your life and in your walk with God?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities.”

ROBERT MURRAY M‘CHEYNE

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready for the next phase of your life like Job? Are you ready for a better second half? Are you ready to have that void, the hole filled permanently by God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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It’s a matter of the heart!


When you consider the words that come out of your mouth, they are a reflection or overflowing of what is going on in your heart. When God points to the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation it is to make sure that bitterness and anger don’t take root and impact your heart. When we consider the impact or the issues that happen in life, we need to get to the heart of the matter to discover the motives and the emotions that are causing it.

Remember what it says in Luke 6:45?

‘A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.’

Luke 6:45

Remember what it says in Matthew 5:23-24?

‘Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. ‘

Matthew 5:23-24

Remember what it says in Proverbs 4:23?

‘Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.’

Proverbs 4:23

It all comes to the heart! The ten commandments weren’t to keep us from living an incredible life but rather to help our hearts be in the right place to be able to avoid the snares and issues of life! The top 2 list from Jesus that satisfy the ten commandments are a matter of the heart and how we are to love God who will fill us with love so that we can love others and pour out and into their lives in ways to glorify God! There are so many things we can learn from God about how important it is to invite Jesus into our hearts to help clean it up and keep it cleaned up through the Holy Spirit in order that we won’t allow things like anger, frustration, bitterness, and hate to take root in our hearts and stain or taint our hearts and as overflow harm and hold back the fullness of life that God has planned and desires! We know that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but rather that we can be saved! Jesus came that we can have life to the full as we read in John 10:10 where it says:

‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’

John 10:10

So let us not get tripped up by the lies of the devil and find condemnation and pain. Let’s receive Jesus for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus as it tells us in Romans 8:1 where it says:

‘There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ‘

Romans 8:1

So let’s check our hearts as we start today and see if we need to forgive, love, or clean up or uproot what is there in order for the overflow of our hearts today to be love!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 14th


The Issues of Life


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.’

Proverbs 4:23

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Consider the heart as a place that reflects or projects what is going on inside of you
  • Consider how the heart is a place that analyzes motives
  • Consider how the heart is a place that analyzes relationships
  • Consider how the heart is a place that analyzes every action in our lives
  • So is your heart healthy enough to that you can see clearly or is your view distorted?
  • The heart is like a lens that is so important that Solomon in today’s proverb encourages us to protect it.
  • He is wanting us to realize that it is so important because it will affect every aspect of our lives positively or negatively depending on its state.
  • What’s in your heart?
  • Are you carrying around anything that needs to be removed or derooted?
  • If you consider your heart as the house of the Holy Spirit, does it need a spring cleaning?
  • When you consider your motives, what is it telling you about the status of your heart?
  • Are you seeing anything selfish that needs to be removed?
  • Are you seeing anything that is keeping you from living a life of integrity?
  • Are you seeing anything that is causing you to exaggerate the truth?
  • Honestly, what are you seeing or finding when you inventory your heart?
  • Are you willing to stop putting off taking care of your heart and to start focusing on God’s truth?
  • Are you willing to stop putting off taking care of your heart and to start focusing on God’s purposes?
  • Are you willing to stop putting off taking care of your heart and to start focusing on God’s ways?
  • Are you ready to take what Solomon says seriously and protect your heart by honoring God in all you do?
  • Are you ready to take what Solomon says seriously and protect your heart by honoring God by treasuring love and integrity?
  • Are you ready to fill your heart with God’s things or will you choose to fill it with other things that will leave you feeling empty or that you are missing something or worse if you allow bitterness in.
  • We all have freewill and we all get to make our own decision!
  • We have to make our decision daily and through each moment of the day!
  • We need to choose to let God keep filling us as we pour out or leak through our days!
  • Our decision will make a difference to the life we get to live!
  • Our decision will make a difference in our sense of joy, peace, direction, strength, and fullfilment!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Take a snapshot. What’s the condition of your heart right now?
  • What are some ways you can fill your heart with faith, hope, and love, and then protect it?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you ready to get some help with filling your heart with good things? Are you ready to get some help with pulling out bitter roots in order to be able to find freedom through forgiveness? Are you needing a video testimony on the subject (check out on YouTube “Story Slam Forgiveness GoDaddy” or visit https://youtu.be/tOHCePoPlPo)? Are you ready to have a heart check-up today? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What’s in your heart? It’s a fountain of its content and what comes out of it is what it is filled with.


So what are you allowing into your heart? Is it love or hate? Is it forgiveness or bitterness? Is it joy or anger? Are you allowing it to take root? Are you allowing it to grow? Are you allowing it to bloom and flooring? What will pour out of it when life gets tough?

“To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.”

Proverbs‬ ‭16:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”

Matthew‬ ‭15:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So, what’s in our heart? Are you ready to replace the hate with love? Are you ready to replace the bitterness with forgiveness? Are you ready to replace the anger with joy? Will you invite Jesus into your heart so that you He can help you clean things up?


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for June 3rd


The Well of the Heart


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Matthew‬ ‭15:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you more focused on the outside than the inside?
  • Are you more focused on appearance than reality?
  • Are you more focused on what you are allowing into your heart than what is coming out?
  • Are you more focused on rules, regulations, and routines than on having a real relationship with others and with God?
  • Ready to turn things around and take hold of what Jesus has to say and offer?
  • Ready to turn things around and start or improve your relationship with Jesus?
  • Let’s be more focused on what comes out of our mouthed than what we put into them!
  • Let’s be more focused on the content of our heart and how the words we choose to use can create rather than destroy and heal rather than hurt!
  • How do you communicate with others?
  • You do you communicate with those you love?
  • How are you with the words you speak? Is it intentional or habitual?
  • Are you more interested in being smart or snarky or sarcastic or loving?
  • Let’s purpose to speaking more lovingly in order to bring healing!
  • Let’s tell people how much we love them!
  • Let’s tell people how proud we are of them!
  • Let’s tell people when we see and recognize things hey are really good at!
  • Don’t cut people by using critical words!
  • Don’t hurt people by using sarcasm!
  • Don’t allow silence to cause others to feel self-doubt or emptiness!
  • Be observant of the words that comes out of your mouth as a barometer of what is going on in your heart and look to adjust accordingly!
  • If you are finding that what is pouring out of you is negative, biting, caustic, or sarcastic then turn to God and ask Him to help fill you with faith, hope, and love to overflowing so that what comes out of you aligns with Him more!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Think of the conversation you’ve had in the past day. How would you describe the content of your words?
  • What changes do you need to make in your communication, especially with those you love?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind.”

— Zig Ziegler

So ready to get your heart right? Ready to get some help? Let’s pray

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Don’t let your eyes wander! Don’t get tripped up!


There are many temptations out there. There are many slippery slopes we can find ourselves on. There are many deceptions trying to trip us up.

Let’s not grow wearying in doing what is good! Let’s key our eyes from wandering and leading us into trouble! From a glimpse to a look to a stare…the progression can be troubling if we don’t get a hold of it and get life under control.

Protect your character! How will you live to demonstrate your character? Don’t get tripped up and escalate what happened from bad to worse!

Consider what happened to David and Uriah as an example and a warning…

David Commits Adultery and Murder

1Now it came to pass at the turn of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his officials with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the children of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. 2One evening David rose from his bed and strolled on the roof of the royal palace. Then from the roof he saw a woman washing—a very beautiful woman. 3So David sent someone to inquire about the woman, and he reported, “Isn’t this Bath-sheba, daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4Then David sent messengers and took her when she came to him, and he lay with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness). Then she returned to her house. 5The woman conceived and sent word to David saying, “I’m pregnant.” 6So David sent a message to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. 7When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the troops fared, and how the war was going. 8Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” When Uriah left the royal palace, a present from the king followed him. 9But Uriah slept at the door of the royal palace with all his master’s servants, and did not go down to his house. 10When they informed David saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Haven’t you come from a journey? Why didn’t you go down to your house?” 11But Uriah answered David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my lord Joab and the officers of my lord are camping in the open field. Should I then go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As you live and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 12Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will send you off.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day. The next day, 13David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk. But in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his master’s servants, but did not go down to his house. 14So in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by Uriah’s hand. 15In the letter he wrote, “Put Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle and withdraw from him so that he may be struck down and die.” 16So it came to pass, when Joab was besieging the city, that he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew that valiant men were. 17Then the men of the city came out and attacked Joab, and some of the troops of David’s officers fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died. 18When Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war, 19he charged the messenger saying, “When you finish reporting all the events of the war to the king, 20if it happens that the king’s wrath flares up and he says to you, ‘Why did you come so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know that they would shoot from the wall? 21Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbesheth? Didn’t a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you come so close to the wall?’ Then you will say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead, too.’” 22So the messenger went and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to report. 23The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the open field, but we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate. 24Then the archers shot at your troops from the wall, and some of the king’s officers fell dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite died, too.” 25Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Don’t let this matter upset you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Press your attack against the city and overthrow it!’ So tell him, chazak!” 26Now when the wife of Uriah heard that her husband Uriah had died, she mourned over her husband. 27When the time of mourning was over, David sent someone who brought her to his palace. So she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done was evil in Adonai’s eyes.

–from 2 Samuel 11

Would you rather live out life well or deal with the consequences of your choices and decisions? God’s got a plan! God’s plan is good! He can even take what the devil planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good. You can’t trick God! God knows and sees what is taking place! How will you release it? How will you find forgiveness? How will you find hope? How will you get things straightened out? Will you do something before it’s too late? Will you do something before someone else finds out and reveals it? Turn to God! As Jesus for wisdom! And do what God tells you to do!

Nathan Confronts David

1Then Adonai sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said to him, “There were two men in the same city—one was rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had an exceedingly huge flock and herd, 3but the poor man had nothing at all, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished, and it grew up together with him and his children. It ate from his own morsel and drank from his own cup, and nestled in his bosom, and it was to him like a daughter. 4Now a traveler came to the rich man, but he was unwilling to take one from his own flock or herd to prepare a meal for the wayfarer who had come to him. Rather, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man that had come to him.” 5Then David’s anger blazed hot against the man and he said to Nathan, “As Adonai lives, the man that did this deserves to die! 6So he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did such a thing and showed no pity.” 7Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says Adonai, God of Israel: It is I who anointed you king over Israel, and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your bosom, and I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. Now if that were too little, then I would have added to you so much more. 9Why then have you despised the word of Adonai by doing such evil in My eyes? Uriah the Hittite you have struck down with the sword, and his wife you have taken to be your wife, and him you have slain with the sword of the children of Ammon 10So now the sword will never depart from your house—because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11“Thus says Adonai: Behold, I am going to raise up evil against you from your own household, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he will lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12Indeed you have done it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and under the sun.” 13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against Adonai.” Nathan replied to David, “Adonai also has made your sin pass away—you will not die. 14However, because by this deed you have made the enemies of Adonai greatly blaspheme, so even the child born to you will surely die.” 15Then Nathan went to his house. Then Adonai struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David and he became very sick. 16David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in and lay all night on the floor. 17The elders of his household stood beside him in order to get him up from the floor but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. 18Then it came to pass on the seventh day that the child died. But David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he didn’t listen to our voice. So how can we tell him that the child is dead? He might do something terrible!” 19But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead. So David asked his servants, “Is the child dead?” “He is dead,” they said. 20Then David got up from the floor, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the House of Adonai and worshipped. When he came back to his own palace, he asked for food, so they set food before him and he ate. 21His servants asked him, “What is this thing you have done? You fasted and wept while the child was still alive, but as soon as the child died, you got up and ate food.” 22He replied, “While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept, for I thought, ‘Who knows? Adonai might be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23But now that he has died, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? It is I who will be going to him, but he will never return to me.” 24Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went to her and lay with her, and she bore a son and called his name Solomon. Adonai loved him, 25and He sent word by the hand of the prophet Nathan. So he called his name Jedidiah, for Adonai’s sake. 26Now Joab attacked Rabbah of the children of Ammon and captured the royal city. 27So Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have attacked Rabbah and captured the city’s water supply. 28So now gather the rest of the troops together, camp against the city and capture it. Otherwise I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.” 29So David gathered all the troops, went to Rabbah, attacked it and captured it. 30Then he took the crown of their king from off his head—its weight was a talent of gold and in it was a precious stone—and then it was placed on David’s head. He also brought a vast amount of spoils out of the city. 31Then he brought out the people who were there and put them to work under saws, iron threshing boards and iron axes, and assigned them to brick making; and thus he did to all the cities of the children of Ammon. Then David and all the troops returned to Jerusalem.

–from 2 Samuel 12

We are fallen men and we need a savior! We need Jesus and that is why God sent Him! Jesus is the way, the truth and the light! Are you ready to hear from God? Are you ready to receive His Word? Will today be your day of transformation? Will you invite Jesus into your heart and start the process? Becoming a new creation with the old gone and the new having come? If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Create in Me a Clean Heart

1For the music director: a psalm of David, 2when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba. 3Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your mercy. According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 4Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 5For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. 6Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. 7Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin when my mother conceived me. 8Surely You desire truth in the inner being. Make me know wisdom inwardly. 9Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 10Let me hear joy and gladness, so the bones You crushed may rejoice. 11Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 12Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 13Do not cast me from Your presence— take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me. 14Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. 15Then will I teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will return to You. 16Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God— God of my salvation. Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness. 17O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 18For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it, nor be pleased by burnt offerings. 19The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. 20In Your favor do good to Zion. Build up the walls of Jerusalem. 21Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

–from Psalms 51

Don’t lose hope, but share it with others! Teach up others that they may be able to pass it along too! Let’s make a difference that will go on beyond ourselves.

Disciples from Generation to Generation

1Therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Messiah Yeshua. 2And what you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust to faithful people who will be capable to teach others also. 3Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Messiah Yeshua. 4No one serving as a soldier entangles himself in the activities of everyday life, so that he might please the one who enlisted him. 5Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned victorious unless he competes according to the rules. 6The hard-working farmer ought to receive the first share of the crops. 7Consider what I am saying, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8Remember Yeshua the Messiah, raised from the dead, from the seed of David—according to my Good News. 9For this I suffer hardship as a criminal, even to the point of chains—though the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the chosen, so they might obtain the salvation that is in Messiah Yeshua with eternal glory. 11Trustworthy is the saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; 13if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

A Workman with the Word

14Remind them of these things and solemnly charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which is useless—to the ruin of those who are listening. 15Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth. 16But avoid godless chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness 17and their words will spread like cancer. Among them are Hymeneaus and Philetus— 18men who have missed the mark concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place. They are overturning the faith of some. 19Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord keep away from unrighteousness.” 20Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay—some for honor and some for common use. 21Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor—sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 22Now flee from youthful desires; instead, pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and shalom, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24The Lord’s slave must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, tolerant. 25Let him give guidance with humility to those who are in opposition—perhaps God may grant them a change of mind, leading to the knowledge of truth. 26Then they may regain their senses and escape the devil’s snare, in which they had been held captive by him to do his will.

–from 2 Timothy 2

 

 

 

What motivates you? Why do you do it?


What motivates you to get involved? What motivates you to sit something out? What does it take to get you out on the field participating? What is the motivational factor that will empower you to step up and step out?


Why do you go? Why do you stay? Why do you do what you do?


As it is written as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Meeting people, building relationships, and sharing my contacts, resources, and knowledge is what I do. I pray that it brings praise and honor and glory to God. There is a great book out by Tim Sanders called Love is the Killer App which when I read it and learned about the lovecat way, I realized it was very similar to the way I have lived my life. As we look to what we will do and what will motivate us, I pray that as you read this you will find Jesus as your motivator so that you will do all things to bring praise and honor and glory to God.


What has happened, happened to foreshadow Christ. Christ is the foundation that we need to build our lives upon. It makes sure that we are building on solid ground and not setting ourselves up to fall because the foundation was unstable

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play." Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

Have you been tempted? Do you think you can do it all by yourself? Stand by yourself? Resist the temptations of this life by yourself? With God in the picture not only will we not be tempted beyond what we are able, but He also provides a way out so that we may escape.

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Things might be lawful, but are they helpful? When we go to tell someone something, are we doing it to tell them the truth or to help them? When we speak truth is it to edify God? Let’s consider today the things we would say and do and be considerate of other people’s well being.

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well- being.

Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for "the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness."

If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. But if anyone says to you, "This was offered to idols," do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for "the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness." "Conscience," I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks?

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

Every good and perfect gift come from the Lord. Wisdom comes from the Lord. Let us not forget the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us. Let us turn to God today and give Him our sins (our misses), for we have all missed the mark, none of us are perfect. Let’s make sure that our hearts are ready when we receive from God today. Let’s walk today with a heart of reconciliation  that we may not only reconcile with others, but also help others to be reconciled through the power of prayer and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.


WORSHIP

Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul keeps them.
The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
Psalm 119:129-131

WISDOM

By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 22:4


Today’s Reading:

1Corinthians 10:1-13,23-33; 11:1-2,23-34; Psalm 119:129-131; Proverbs 22:4